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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY DEBUNKS RUMOUR OVER MOCKING ANTI-CORRUPTION

(Last Updated On: May 19, 2017)

 

By Tinuade Salami

The National Assembly says that there are enormous proofs to show that the lawmakers

are working to strengthen the anti-corruption crusade and institutions with a view to

increasing the efficiency of the war.

This comes as a reaction to insinuations that the parliamentarians are mocking the anti-

graft war by the Federal Government

In a statement made available to newsmen on Friday (19 th of May), Chairman, Senate

Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi condemned the

allegation against the lawmakers describing it as an expression by some mischievous

elements.

Sen.Sabi-Abdullahi acknowledged the successes recorded so far by the President

Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in the bid to eradicate corruption.

The senate spokesman said his colleagues also acknowledge that a lot has been done in

the last two years to eliminate corruption from the national psyche.

He further said available facts affirms that the 8th Senate complements efforts of the

executive arm in order to achieve better results.

The senate spokesman said on Wednesday that the Proceeds of Crime Bill and the Assets

Forfeiture Bill passed the second reading stage in the Senate and were referred to relevant

committees for further action.

Both bills according to him are private member bills sponsored by senators while a third

anti-corruption bill is already in the works.

The parliamentarian also disclosed that the Senate passed a motion in which it resolved

that all statutory corporations should submit their budget estimates within two weeks and

should refrain from spending money on capital projects.

He also said that it was a strong move by the National assembly to block loopholes

through which revenues due to government are being siphoned.

It would be recalled that the Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose described the way

funds were being recovered in hidden places in Nigeria with no traceable owners as a

mockery of the anti-corruption war of the Federal Government.

The governor also said it was absurd for the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji

Lai Mohammed, to claim that looters had resorted to burying stolen funds in their

backyards, deep forests and burial grounds, a claim which also turned out to be untrue.